By John Rolfe
An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:
• Now that the Coyotes are ensconced in Arizona (for the time being) with new owners and an All-Star Game on the horizon, the ongoing saga of the New Jersey Devils can take center stage. Tom Gulitti reports that the Philadelphia 76ers’ ownership group is now making a bid to buy the struggling franchise, which is $230 million in the red.
• Meanwhile, Forbes is reporting that the Devils will likely end up a ward of the NHL. Apparently, one potential new owner got a close look at the books and said, “Thanks, but no thanks, baby, I’ve already got more trouble than I need.” Commissioner Gary Bettman has denied that the league is about to step in, but a sale may be near.
• The Devils will play their cross-river rivals the Rangers outdoors at Yankee Stadium on January 26 as part of the two-game Stadium Series that will feature all three New York metro area teams. Here’s a preliminary look at what the rink set-up will look like, courtesy of Newsday‘s Arthur Staple.
• Speaking of the Blackhawks, NHL.com’s 30 in 30 series takes stock of the reigning Stanley Cup champions, who will return mostly intact from their summer of partying with the chalice (Michal Rozsival had a beery nice time with it), hopefully without too severe a hangover. They’ll also have an intriguing x-factor when they hit camp.
• Trades surely make being a GM a cold-hearted business. Hockey Hall of Famer Doug Gilmour, who now runs the OHL’s Kingston Frontenacs, just traded his son, in a package deal … for a 12th round draft pick.